Archer RC Spring Criterium 20 April 2013

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Archer RC Spring Criterium 20 April 2013

Postby The Loneys » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:38 pm

As part of Zak's London race weekend.

First held in 1957, the latest Archer Spring Criterium on 20 April at Hillingdon Circuit is proudly the second longest run race in England, with only the Lincoln GP being one year older.

Originally a 50-mile handicap road race it has evolved over the years to still being 50 miles although switched to a closed circuit race. Organiser on behalf of the Archer RC, Stuart Benstead, says: “This enables us to guarantee a £500 prize list with the reduction costs compared to a road race. Of course we are gambling on getting a good-sized field but entries are already rolling in via the British Cycling On-Line system and we have the big field experience from last year.

“Of course there is the assurance of traffic free safety, a state of the art HQ alongside the circuit complete with the traditional home made cakes tea bar essential to every top class road race! Although it is hoped that he will not be needed, the offer by a doctor to be on duty has been taken up to supplement the regular first aider who has paramedic experience. ”

An attraction is likely to be that the Archer Spring Criterium is limited to 1/2/3 categories but not elites. The policy of encouraging up and coming riders continues a 57-year tradition of being a stepping-stone to greater achievements on the national and world stage, originally as the race was supporting the late lamented Archer Grand Prix.

As a stepping stone, the Archer Spring event in its roll of honour includes world champion Graham Webb, world bronze medallist and Commonwealth Games champion Steve Heffernan, multiple Olympic and World gold medallist Bradley Wiggins and, in its then other supporting junior race, Olympians David Millar and Roger Hammond.


Here is the BC race report. Zak's report to follow.
http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/a ... -victory-0

Confirmed Results
Race name: 1/2/3
Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
1 Mr Anthony Gibb Finished 1st 15
2 Mr Tony Lock Nuun - YB - London RT Finished 1st 12
3 Mr Will Fox Metaltek - Knights of Old Raci...Finished 1st 10
4 Mr Vincent Halpern Handsling Racing Finished 1st 8
5 Mr Gray Turnock Finsbury Park CC Finished 2nd 6
6 Mr Stephen Bradbury Cycling Team Tomacc Finished 1st 5
7 Mr Cameron Balfour Team ASL360 Finished 2nd 4
8 Master Dan Gardner Team ASL360 Finished 3rd 3
9 Mr Gareth Dickinson Farnborough & Camberley CC Finished 2nd 2
10 Mr Grant Bayton Ride 24/7 Finished 1st 1
11 Mr Alex Peterson AW Cycles Finished 1st 0
12 Mr Gavin Ryan London Dynamo Finished 2nd 0
13 Mr Robert Orr Metaltek - Knights of Old Raci... Finished 1st 0
14 Mr Ben Homa Beeline Bicycles RT Finished 2nd 0
15 Mr Peter Cole Handsling Racing Finished 2nd 0
16 Master Zak Loney Ythan CC Finished 3rd 0
17 Mr Albert Ellison VC Meudon Finished 2nd 0
18 Mr Dexter Gardias Metaltek - Knights of Old Raci... Finished 1st 0
19 Mr Christopher Denman WDMBC Beyond Mountainbikes/Spe... Finished 3rd 0
20 Mr Jerzy Kuzminski High Wycombe CC Finished 2nd 0
21 Mr Sean Noon Team ASL360 Finished 3rd 0
22 Mr Fraser Martin Perth United Cycling Club Finished 3rd 0
23 Mr Cameron Fraser Nuun - YB - London RT Finished 2nd 0
24 Mr Unidentified Rider Finished 0
25 Mr Hamish Carrick Team ASL360 Finished 3rd 0
26 Mr Robert Willcocks Royal Air Force CC Finished 2nd 0
27 Mr Thomas Bowering Swindon Cycles Race Academy Finished 3rd 0
28 Mr Christopher Morrison London Dynamo Finished 2nd 0
29 Mr James Local London Dynamo Finished 2nd 0
30 Dr Kieran Dineen Amersham Road CC Finished 2nd 0
31 Mr Todd Hotchkiss Clay Cross Road Team Finished 1st 0
32 Mr Angus Gillies TheBicycleWorks.com Finished 2nd 0
33 Mr Michael Skipsey TMG Horizon Cycling Team Finished 3rd 0
34 Mr Michael Ward Ride 24/7 Finished 2nd 0
35 Mr Unidentified Rider Finished 0
36 Mr Leszek Wuziak Twickenham CC Finished 3rd 0
37 Mr Alex Tinsley Twickenham CC Finished 2nd 0
38 Mr James Norris Finished 2nd 0
39 Master Noah Banner Nuun - YB - London RT Finished 3rd 0
40 Mr Nicholas Beale Beeline Bicycles RT Finished 2nd 0
41 Mr Mark Northover The Cycle Studio RC Finished 2nd 0
42 Mr Steve Golla High Wycombe Cycling Club Finished 1st 0
43 Mr Richard Unwin VC Meudon Finished 2nd 0
44 Mr Chris Grange LBRCC-Solgar Finished 3rd 0
45 Mr Simon Oxenham VC10 Finished 2nd 0
46 Mr Stuart Spies London Dynamo Finished 2nd 0
47 Mr Mark Stewart Team ASL360 Finished 2nd 0
48 Mr Hector Lancaster Perth United CC Finished 3rd 0
49 Mr Neil Wass TMG Horizon Cycling Team Finished 3rd 0
50 Mr Nick Abraham Finished 1st 0
51 Mr Patrick Martin Finished 2nd 0
52 Mr Andrew Barnes Hillingdon Cycling Club Finished 3rd 0
53 Mr Christopher Wood VC Meudon Finished 1st 0
54 Mr Harry Littlechild London Dynamo Finished 2nd 0
55 Mr Robert King Finished 2nd 0
56 Mr Graham Crow Twickenham CC Finished 3rd 0
57 Mr Paul Butler In Gear Quickvit Trainsharp Ra... Finished 2nd 0
58 Mr Max Brown Zappi's Cycling Club Finished 3rd 0
59 Mr Rudie Marais La Fuga - Sigma Sport Finished 2nd 0
60 Mr Leo Lerner VO2 Development Team Finished 3rd 0
61 Mr Sam Williamson Hemel Hempstead CC Finished 3rd 0
62 Mr Joshua Maynard Welwyn Whls CC Finished 2nd 0
63 Mr Matthew Bone I-Team Cyclists' Club Finished 2nd 0
64 Mr Ralph de Kanter Norwood Paragon CC Finished 2nd 0
65 Mr Mike Knight VC Meudon Finished 3rd 0
66 Mr John Peters CC Luton Finished 2nd 0
67 Mr James Leach Twickenham CC Finished 3rd 0
68 Mr Brian Macpherson VC Meudon Finished 3rd 0
69 Mr Alexander King Finished 1st 0
70 Mr Andrew Stronge Finished 3rd 0
71 Mr Paul Holdsworth Hounslow & District Wlrs Finished 2nd 0
72 Master Gavin Shuttleworth Team ASL360 Finished 2nd 0
73 Mr Graeme Lackford Team Tor 2000 Finished 2nd 0
74 Mr Gyles Wingate Finished 3rd 0
75 Mr Tom Fitzpatrick Kingsnorth International Whlrs Finished 1st 0
76 Mr Unidentified Rider Finished 0
77 Mr Unidentified Rider Finished 0
78 Mr Clive Evans WDMBC Beyond Mountainbikes/Spe... Finished 3rd 0
79 Mr Mike Jackson CC Luton Finished 1st 0
80 Mr Samuel Grant WDMBC Beyond Mountainbikes/Spe... Finished 3rd 0
81 Mr Brendan Heaslip Kenton RC Finished 3rd 0
82 Master Tom Arnstein Team ASL360 Finished 2nd 0
83 Mr Joseph Crolla AW Cycles Finished 2nd 0
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Re: Archer RC Spring Criterium 20 April 2013

Postby Andy D » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:05 pm

Some good names in there!! Probably none good(er) than winner Tony Gibb!! Grant Bayton's a former pro as well, so some stiff competition around in there, some of the more regular Road Racers will know more of them than me.

Great rides from the Scottish lads it seems, Cameron, Zak, Sean, Hamish and Fraser's names all jumping out at me there, good to see the names of guys who raced so well as Youths in Ythan events of the last few years coming to the fore.

Look forward to hearing Zak's take on the events.
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Re: Archer RC Spring Criterium 20 April 2013

Postby The Loneys » Wed May 01, 2013 12:28 pm

The Archer Spring Criterium Saturday 20 April 2013

My weekend began when I raced in the Archer Spring Criterium, this prestigious event is the second longest running race in Britain with many pro having taken part over the years. This year’s line up was a strong 85 rider field with a few pro's and ex national champions taking part it was set to be a good race.

Originally planned to be 50 miles it was shortened to about 37 miles about 38 laps. It was a good grippe twisting circuit with a few small rises. Usually a for a race this long the start pace ought to be a bit more settled but everyone seemed to forget the distance as it was a Crit, as I expected it went off like a rocket it didn't help with a sprint next lap.

I felt really strong throughout this race spending a lot of time near the front, on the odd occasion I drifted towards the back but I was soon able to work my way back up through the bunch. All the way through the race the pace was high (28mph average) but even still there were attacks coming left right and centre pushing the pace even higher. None of the attacks managed to stay away though. At one point a large attack of about 15 riders got a gap with the peloton working well together brought back. With 7 laps to go I made an attack and managed to get a gap I met up with two other riders but we were eventually caught with 5 laps to go, it was looking like it going to be a bunch sprint. The 2nd to last lap was really sketchy with riders all over the place, I eased off a bit as I thought it wasn’t worth the risk as I had a National race the next day. It calmed down for the last lap so I was able to work back up the bunch a bit but I was too far back to reach the front, when it came to the final sprint I was able to move up the bunch a get 16th place - second 3rd category rider and 3rd junior a good result considering the quality of the field.
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